Euro Cargo Rail

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Euro Cargo Rail
Founded 2005[1]
Headquarters Paris, France
Number of employees
830[1]
Parent DB Cargo UK
Website www.eurocargorail.com

Euro Cargo Rail is a French rail freight operator formed in 2005 as a subsidiary of English Welsh & Scottish (EWS).

History[edit]

Euro Cargo Rail was founded in February 2005,[2] in April 2005 EWS International[note 1] was awarded a safety certification allowing freight train operations in France; it was then able to operate trains on behalf of ECR.[3][4]

The company became a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn in 2007 when its parent EWS was acquired.[5] By 2008 it was the second rail freight company in France after SNCF with 5.3% of the market.[1]

By 2010 the company's market share was estimated at 8%.[6]

In October 2010 Euro Cargo Rail formed a joint venture with the Port of La Rochelle, called OFP La Rochelle.[7]

Fleet[edit]

The initial operations of ECR were carried out with four leased Vossloh G1206 diesel locomotives,[3][4] maintenance of the locomotives was to be carried out at EWS's Dollands Moor depot in the United Kingdom, so the locomotives were given a TOPS classification number, Class 21.[8]

From 2007 to 2009 the company also acquired several Vossloh G1000 BB locomotives,[9] and briefly leased 3 TRAXX F140 AC locomotives from MRCE in 2007;[10] these were return from lease in 2008.[11]

The company began leasing around ten Vossloh G2000 locomotives, and five Vossloh Euro 4000 locomotives (1668mm gauge) in 2008-9 from Angel Trains Cargo.[10][12]

In 2008 two TRAXX F140 MS locomotives operating in ECR livery were used for homologation of the type in France and Belgium; certification was obtained in July 2009. The two locomotives formed part of an order of 20 units delivery in 2009/10. 45 more units were ordered in 2009 to be split between DB Schenker (25 units) and ECR (20 units), and delivered from 2010 onwards.[13]

EMD Series 66 locomotives were transferred from English Welsh & Scottish to ECR; by November 2007 fifty locomotives had been transferred,[14] also in late 2007 the company began receiving shipments of a 60 unit order of EMD Series 66 locomotives,[15][16] numbered as 'Class 77' from 77001 to 77060.[17]

From 2010 the company began leasing Alstom Prima electric locomotives (sub types BB 27000, and BB 37000 dual and triple voltage) from Akiem.[18] [19] The company also began hiring SNCF Y8000 type shunters from Akiem in the same year.[20]

ECR Class 77 (2009) 
Vossloh G1000 with ECR gypsum train at Beaurières station (2008) 
TRAXX F140 MS locomotive in Zwankendamme near Zeebrugge, Belgium (2015) 

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ EWS International was the division of EWS responsible for operations through the Channel Tunnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Welcome to Euro Cargo Rail". Presentation. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "En quatre ans d'existence, Euro Cargo Rail prouve son engagement durable" (PDF). www.eurocargorail.com (Press release) (in French). Euro Cargo Rail. March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Euro Cargo Rail third rail freight operator in France". www.infrasite.net (Press release). Euro Cargo Rail. 4 November 2005. 
  4. ^ a b "News Desk : Euro Cargo Rail" (PDF). Railway Herald. 1 (22): 4. 18 November 2005. 
  5. ^ "DB's takeover of EWS approved". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 15 November 2007. 
  6. ^ Jörg Schmitt (8 January 2010). "France's SNCF Muscles in on German Rail Market". www.spiegel.de. Der Spiegel. 
  7. ^ "News in Brief". www.railwaygazette.com. Railway Gazette International. 27 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "TOPS numbers issued for Euro Cargo Rail Vossloh locomotives" (PDF). Railway Herald. 1 (28): 5. 
  9. ^ "Suche : Hersteller : "G 1000" , Lebenslauf : "ECR"" [Search results : Loco type "G 1000", operator "ECR"]. www.loks-aus-kiel.de (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Search results "ECR"". www.railcolor.net. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  11. ^ "ECR Traxx locomotives back from France". www.railcolor.net. 31 August 2008. 
  12. ^ "Suche : Hersteller : "G 2000" , Lebenslauf : "ECR"" [Search results : Loco type "G 2000", operator "ECR"]. www.loks-aus-kiel.de (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "ECR / DB E186: introduction". www.railcolor.net. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "EWS / Euro Cargo Rail Class 66 Fleet". Railway Herald (111): 5. 30 November 2007. ISSN 1751-8091. 
  15. ^ "Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. (EMD) Announces French Homologation Has Been Achieved For the Euro Cargo Rail Class 66 Locomotives". www.emdiesels.com (Press release). Electro-Motive Diesel. 6 January 2009. 
  16. ^ "First new Class 66s for Euro Cargo Rail shipped from Canada" (PDF). www.railwayherald.co.uk (106): 3. October 2007. ISSN 1751-8091. 
  17. ^ "Class 66 :: Electro-Motive Diesel JT42CWR". class66.railfan.nl. Class 66 >> Operators >> Euro Cargo Rail. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  18. ^ "More silver Primas for ECR and VFLI". www.railcolor.net. 13 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Euro Cargo Rail hires Prima locomotives". www.railcolor.net. 18 May 2010. 
  20. ^ "Silver Prima locomotives for ECR". www.railcolor.net. 1 June 2010. 

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